Campaign update: Thanks to your support North Ayrshire Council has become the first SNP led local authority to pass a non-cooperation motion. Now let's win the fight against this anti trade union bill across the UK!
The Tory’s Trade Union Bill is an attack on working people and only has one intention - to undermine the rights and ability of working people to organise for better wages, terms and conditions in the workplace.
Trade Unions play a vital role in representing millions of workers, making sure they are treated fairly at work. If this Bill passes, workers’ basic right to protest will be under threat.
The Tories Bill Trade Union Bill is the biggest attack on workers’ rights for 30 years and will:
- Make it almost impossible for workers to take strike action
- Threaten freedom of speech, with new restrictions on protests and pickets
- Allow employers to use agency workers to replace striking staff
- End the check-off system for collecting union subs direct from a salary
- Require unions to inform police and employers of strike plans 14 days in advance, including any proposed use of placards or loudspeakers, blogs or social media
Labour is campaign against this Bill and has a petition you can sign here - http://www.labour.org.uk/w/trade-union-bill-petition
However, we are also campaigning here in North Ayrshire to get North Ayrshire Council to take a stand against the Bill. Labour run council's across Scotland are refusing to co-operate with changes to check off arrangements, facility time and use of agency workers to weaken industrial action all which will have an impact on the local authorities relationship with local trade unions and its workers. Please join us in campaigning for SNP led North Ayrshire Council to do likewise.
Show your support by co-signing our motion to North Ayrshire Council;
“Council notes the Conservative Government are proposing a Trade Union Bill that will restrict the ability of this council to engage in good industrial relations practices with our workforce and their representatives. Council believes the collection of union dues through the check-off arrangement, from which the council receives income, is part of our collective and contractual arrangements with the trades unions and one which we will defend and support. Council commits not to use agency staff to break or weaken industrial action and to continue to support arrangements that afford trade union representatives sufficient resources to enable them to carry out their functions to ensure the continuation of good industrial relations. The Leader of the Council commits to writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills stating council’s opposition to this Bill and our resolve not to co-operate with any attacks on facility time or check off and to write to the First Minister calling on the Scottish Government to stand with North Ayrshire and other local authorities in opposing the proposals in this Bill.”